This was originally posted over at Suture for a Living on November 14, 2009.
In the early 1990s I was still sewing more clothes than quilts. I entered a few wool garment sewing contests. For one I decided I would make myself a coat using a wool blanket. I found one designed by someone who shares my first name — Pendleton Dewey Chihuahua Trail Blanket by Ramona Sakiestewa. I used a McCall pattern with a large shawl collar.
The coat didn’t win. It was too big for me, so a year or two later I decided to cut it down and restyle it. Good intentions which never got finished. As you can see from the photo below I nearly finished it, but it has hung in my sewing room and the pockets have been used to hold things.
The Clinton Presidential Center is holding a “5Days of Giving” beginning today. When I heard about it earlier this week, I decided it was time to finish the coat and donate it. Here I am wearing the finished coat.
Even though I regret cutting up the lovely blanket designed by Ramona, I am happy to say it is now going to keep someone warm.